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  1. Hasegawa's original release of the Apache in 1/72 scale was based on the prototype or pre-production version, which probably accounts for the differences you're seeing (not sure if the first kit had it but originally the YAH-64 had a "T-tail" horizontal stabilizer, among other differences). As you say it's a good kit even given its age, but if you'd like to represent a modern airframe "loaded for bear" you might look at one of the Academy kits - their recent Longbow variants are reportedly excellent and include the radar pod above the rotor hub and other features like the expanded "cheek" fairings below the cockpit unique to these versions. The Academy AH-64A is also widely considered the best kit available for the original production model.
  2. Have to disagree on this, as the CT was optimized for the attack role and LGB delivery in particular - most notably by the addition of the LRMTS in the new chin pod added as part of the conversion. I'm sure there were also internal/programming changes to the radar and weapons delivery software to better suit the change to "mud moving" role.
  3. Just to expand a bit on this: The F.1AZ was the "day attack" version without the advanced radar, as provided to South Africa (similar variants also going to Libya). Special Hobby does this version, but I'm not sure if the parts are in the Revell rebox. The AS-30L is the laser-guided model of the AS-30 family, thus only that particular make would require a designation pod as such.
  4. I'm a little confused about reference to an Airfix kit of the F.1 including AS.30s. To my knowledge the only missiles included in any Airfix toolings of that variant are the R550 Magic and R530 air-to-air types (both standard for the type when it first entered French service). You can see these on the sprues here: https://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/235025084-obsolete-kit-build-airfix-mirage-f1/ You may be mistaking the R530 (seen next to the fuel tanks on the sprue) for AS30, but the latter are smaller missiles and the trailing edges of the forward fins are swept, among other detail differences. So to answer your question both ways: yes Airfix did provide accurate missiles for an early F.1C; but to the best of my knowledge in French sevice the F.1C (and CT) never carried the AS30 operationally - that weapon and role were handled by the Jaguar and Mirage 2000D units. There are some reports of Iraq using the AS30 on their F.1s, though I'm not certain which variant that would have been or what their designation setup would have been (Iraq pre-1991 had a wide range of weapons systems from East and West, and tended to "Frankenstein" systems together at times). For Paveways, as per my original response an F.1CT in French service did not normally carry its own designation pod, just LGBs and countermeasures.
  5. "Olive Drab" used on Army helicopters during Vietnam is a much different color than the current shade you see on Blackhawks and Apaches. I believe the color change happened circa late 1970s. The earlier color is FS34087, which in later editions of FS595 was renumbered as FS34088. The modern color is quoted as FS34031, although its appearance seems to vary widely depending on weathering, lighting, etc. As an aside, Testors always seemed a bit quirky in naming their Model Master (RIP) colors, as "Helo Drab" is certainly a misnomer since the Army doesn't use that term. To quote an old saying about the U.S. services: The Army calls them choppers. The Navy calls them helos. The Air Force calls them useless. And the Marines call them all the time.
  6. Not to contradict @eclipse but I'm fairly certain the F.1CT variant was LGB-capable. These were actually conversions from air defense-roled F.1s late in French service when the fighter role had largely been taken over by the Mirage 2000 (and then forthcoming Rafale). In any case, while they were designed specifically to provide LGB delivery capability with the chin pod adding LRMTS (laser rangefinder/marked target seeker), I don't believe the CTs would typically have carried any pods for "self designation," relying instead either on another aircraft to "buddy lase" (e.g. Jaguar or Mirage 2000D with ATLIS or DAMOCLES), or ground-based designators. The AS.30L as @Properjob56 correctly points out was not a laser-guided bomb (LGB) but rather a stand-off laser-guided missile, broadly similar to the U.S. Maverick. I don't recall any reference to the CT fleet carrying the AS.30L, as this was generally a role handled by the Jaguar (which commonly used the ATLIS pod). So for an F.1CT I believe a typical "real world" load would be LGBs (Paveway II possibly more likely than the equivalent French types) and self-defense pods, e.g. Phimat and Remora, which are included in the Revell (née Special Hobby) kit. I believe all the "unidentified" pods you mentioned are various reconnaissance kit used mainly by the F.1CR version, definitely not laser designators of any variety.
  7. I don't know if you're aware that 1/72 models actually started out as a type of military intelligence training tool? Known as "recognition models," they were used to teach soldiers and airmen how to identify different types and distinguish them from one another. Originally wood (often hand carved) rather than plastic, they weren't fully detailed, just the basic shapes and usually painted solid black. The 1/72 scale was standardized because it made most single or multi-engine types large enough to illustrate distinguishing features but small enough to be easily replicated.
  8. Isn't the 4th of those images actually the EFA full-scale mockup? Similar overall configuration but a bit closer to the definitive Typhoon than the EAP. I believe ESCI did a kit of that version.
  9. CT7567

    FA2 Canopy

    Not an expert but the major external changes (from a modeling standpoint) between FRS.1 and FA.2 were limited to: - New radome - Fuselage "plug" just aft of the wing trailing edge - Fill-in/chamfer of the wing leading edge 'dogteeth' - Pitot added to vertical fin leading edge (replacing the one deleted with the radome change) Same exact canopy, to the best of my knowledge.
  10. Bit of a mismatch in armament and markings, unless there are some additional tooling changes/optional parts not shown. All G models modified for carriage of the AGM-86 ALCM had 'strakelet' fillets added to the wing roots as a treaty verification measure to allow the ALCM carriers to be readily identifiable by satellite photos (the H models were all ALCM-capable but the larger bypass section on their TF-33 engines were sufficient as a distinctive identifier). 58-0183 Valkyrie was an ALCM airframe, and one of the vaunted 'Secret Squirrel' birds that launched from Barksdale with the then-classified conventional warhead AGM-86C on the opening night of Desert Storm. So she should have the strakelets fitted. https://www.dstorm.eu/pictures/nose-arts/b-52/58-0183_12.jpg The other two options shown are non-ALCM birds, thus the standard G/H wing roots are correct but obviously not AGM-86s.
  11. Your best bet may be asking after spares from the Sword T.2/TAV-8A kit, as I would assume a number of folks with that kit plan to build a British variant. Decals for the A/C may be be helpful but I'm not sure if the early two-seaters were ever operated outside VMAT-203, which doesn't appear on any currently (or even recently) available sheets. In fact the only one I know of is an old Microscale sheet for the AV-8B (marks were similar enough they might pass, e.g. the tail codes were in light gray vs. the earlier white).
  12. CT7567

    NASA F-15 decals?

    Meteor Productions produced a sheet of NASA and NACA markings, nominally in 1/48 but with a wide range of sizes and eras that would probably have a properly sized "swoosh" logo for what you need. IIRC it also had some generic numbering that matched the modern style. There was also a similar but more limited sheet produced by an IPMS US chapter, circa early 90s I believe, that could also have what you need. The trick, of course, would be finding either of these for a reasonable price. Review article of Meteor/Cutting Edge NASA sheet As far as the T-38 sheet suggested, I suspect the swoosh logos on that sheet would be undersized for an F-15 in the same scale. The 1/48 markings are closer to correct size for a 1/72 Eagle. 1/48 isn't my scale of choice so I'm not sure of other potential sources aside from the Hornet already mentioned. For the blue stripes and gold trim, I'd suggest your best option is a mix of decals and masking & painting. A couple of companies that do railroad decals offer thin metallic gold striping. Alternatively, if it's easier to get solid color sheets for the gold, you can tape together two scalpel blades with an appropriate spacer then cut strips straight or curved with a constant width.
  13. Actually, checking the photos in the link @RichardE posted above, these are Enhanced Paveway IIIs. The main visible differences are dual GPS domes on the seeker section (basically like rounded, truncated cylinders on opposite sides), and external wiring conduit that runs along the side of the bomb body. These were associated with the upgraded guidance, adding a GPS option to the standard laser guidance, so I assume all mods are present on the training rounds same as live munitions. 1/48 source, which includes a good photo of the real thing, here: https://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/235068537-uk-enhanced-paveway-ii-mk1318-648518-148/
  14. Having at least one of all three kits in the stash, I concur with the assessment that Hasegawa's kit is the best out of the box, with Fujimi a rather distant second and Italeri last. The dual-kit Hasegawa releases tend to be a much better value, and frankly I'm still convinced there was an error by Hasegawa or their distributors that set the MSRP for the single-kit boxings at nearly the same price point when first released. Note that on the ADF there are actually two "bird slicer" IFF arrays: one on top of the nose, and a second under the intake (just forward of the nose gear bay, which often obscures it in photos). These arrays are very similar but *not* identical to the similar nose antennae on MLU upgrades: http://www.aerospaceweb.org/question/planes/q0286b.shtml If you're looking for the later updates @Silverkite mentioned - or just a later & better detailed kit - you can use Hasegawa's ADF parts as a conversion for the Revell F-16A (the Hasegawa kits include all the standard parts so you won't lose a model in the process).
  15. I think you're being fooled by an optical illusion: there are two AGM-12s in the photo, staggered one behind the other. The viewpoint of the camera has them lined up *almost* perfectly one behind the other, such that it looks like a single missile with an elongated body and tandem pairs of main wings. But if you look closely, you'll see the forward missile is visibly below the one behind it (most notable along the top line of the missile bodies).
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